Bewenched - 12:53 am on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm not sure if DMCA requsts expire or not.
I've only had to file a couple of them... until now.
Just found a site that's using an overseas bot to fetch images from our site and display them on theirs on the fly. Normally you could just block the ip and move on, but this site and the bot keep changing IP addresses. It's driving me wild to say the least.
Just when I think I've got them locked out it comes back. Their proxy service wont help and what I think is their host wont help either since the logs only show the ip of the bot, but with them as the referrer.
What's in their whois record as a host is really just a proxy dns server same thing with this "shopping bot" .. more info on it in the search engine identification section.
Sadly I've finally resorted to watermarking the images on the fly with our site name... I really hate doing that.. I personally think it looks crappy on an ecomm site. The software I'm using also lets me edit the image meta data, so I've embedded our information into the image as well. Not sure if their bot or processing method wipes it out or not.
Wish I knew a good cheap attorney that would go after these guys and their sites for what they're doing to our good honest business.